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But being satisfied with your life is something a little different. Happiness is being happy in your life. We experience it immediately and in the moment.
Life satisfaction is being happy about your life. It is the happiness that exists when we talk about the past and the big picture. Having more close friendships was associated with a 19 percent greater life satisfaction and a 23 percent greater sense of optimism. Positive feelings about neighbors have been found to be associated with a 16 percent greater life satisfaction and a 25 percent lower likelihood of experiencing feelings of loneliness. A group of ten supportive friends seems to be the magic.
After examining studies of more than three thousand adults, Chaeyoon Lin and Robert Putnam found that what religion you practice or however close you feel to God makes no difference in your overall life satisfaction. What matters is the of friends you have in your religious community. Religious people, in other words, are happier because they feel connected to a community of like-minded people. Are you mentoring a young person? Age, income, and health are four times less likely to predict whether a person is happy than is whether the person feels he or she is having a positive effect on a younger person.
More on how to make and keep friends here. Research shows that meaning in life comes from the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. Ever tried writing that story down? People who wrote about the history of their lives were 11 percent more likely to feel happy with their lives and 17 percent more likely to feel optimistic about the future.
Knowing your family tree gets you a bump in satisfaction as well. People who were interested in their family and ethnic histories were 6 percent more likely to feel satisfied with their lives. Children who know the stories of those who came before them have higher self-esteem and a sense of control over their lives. Marshall and Robyn asked those questions of four dozen families in the summer ofand also taped several of their dinner table conversations. More on how to shape the story of your own life here. People who could identify a goal they were pursuing were 19 percent more likely to feel satisfied with their lives and 26 percent more likely to feel positive about themselves.
Those who are passionate about something score higher across the board on positive psychological indicators. Via Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined :. Elderly individuals who were harmoniously passionate scored higher on various indicators of psychological adjustment, such as life satisfaction, meaning in life, and vitality, while they reported lower levels of negative indicators of psychological adjustment such as anxiety and depression. A consistent amount of minor success produces much more satisfaction than occasionally bagging an elephant.
Life satisfaction is 22 percent more likely for those with a steady stream of minor accomplishments than those who express interest only in major accomplishments.
Having grit was associated with more life satisfaction. The capacity to continue trying despite repeated setbacks was associated with a more optimistic outlook on life in 31 percent of people studied, and with greater life satisfaction in 42 percent of them. More about setting goals the right way here. Among participants in one study, those whose values were the most materialistic rated their lives as the least satisfying. Among parents studied, greater expenditures for family gifts actually reduced satisfaction with family holidays by 2 percent.
Having meaning in your life increases life satisfaction twice as much as wealth. Those with a modest income who felt there was meaning in their lives were twice as likely to experience life satisfaction as were those who were wealthier but who felt that their lives lacked a sense of meaning. More on the things proven to increase happiness here. Have you seen changes in what you believe over the past few months?
People over forty who could identify at least one change in their viewpoints or behavior in recent months were 8 percent more likely to feel hopeful about the future and 5 percent more likely to say they were generally in a good mood. People over the age of fifty who said they continued to learn about topics that interested them were 18 percent more likely to feel satisfied with their lives and 43 percent more likely to feel vital. Via Simple Secrets of Happy Families :. Studies focusing on the ability of people to maintain happiness as they age reveal that an openness to change in both family life and work life is associated with a 23 percent greater likelihood of maintaining high levels of life satisfaction.
A willingness to compromise on trivial matters was associated with 62 percent more positive social relations, but a willingness to compromise on matters of values and personal vision was associated with 34 percent less life satisfaction. More on how to make sure you never stop growing and learning here. As the Stoic philosopher Seneca once said:. Get a free weekly update via here. Here are the things proven to make you happier. What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life? This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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